A Look Forward: Kicking Off the Holidays

For those begging for a Steak n’ Shake in Conway: In a follow-up on the news that Greenbrier is getting a Steak n’ Shake, Colt Harmon, Greenbrier graduate and Lyon College baseball standout, revealed on his Facebook post that he is the franchisee opening the new Steak n’ Shake location. He said he is planning a location in Conway.

 

Harmon also owns Rise Up Sports Academy on Highway 25 west of Greenbrier. Rise Up opened in 2016 and provides speed, strength and agility training to athletes of all ages. It has a state-of-the-art indoor training facility for baseball and softball.

If you’ve always wanted to see a B-17 (or even fly in one), the B-17 Aluminum Overcast Tour will be at the new Cantrell Field Conway Airport Friday, November 10 through Sunday November 12. Flight and ground tours of the World War II B-17 Flying Fortress, Aluminum Overcast, will be available. For cost and information go to B17.org or call 1-800-359-6217. There will also be a Veterans recognition at 1 p.m. on Veterans Day, Saturday, November 11.

One of my favorite events of the year—the annual Christmas Open House in downtown Conway—is next Sunday, November 12, 1-4 p.m. This year, H2:4 Outdoors, Sporty Runner and The Ride have teamed up to present “Outdoor Demo Day” at the corner of Front and Main. They will have the latest in fishing, kayaking, running and biking gear. There will also be an inflatable obstacle course across the street at Simon Park.

Blackbird Academy’s ballet group will perform at 1 p.m. on the Kris Allen Stage, followed by the Conway Symphony Orchestra brass quartet. Palmer Music will provide the entertainment the rest of the afternoon.

The Downtown Partnership will also be handing out Shop Small tote bags, filled with coupons, gift certificates and other goods from local shops and restaurants, to the first 200 visitors to come to their information booth at the corner of Front and Oak.

For the pizza lovers: Hideaway Pizza, a privately-owned pizza company out of Tulsa, Oklahoma will have a ribbon cutting for its second Arkansas location on Monday, November 13 at 10 a.m. The restaurant, which features 26 specialty and seasonal pizzas, is located in the new Lewis Crossing Shopping Center next to On the Border.

For the crafty: There is also a ribbon cutting scheduled for Grana’s Front Porch Fabrics at 803 5th Street on Tuesday, November 14 at 10 a.m. Cassandra West, former manager of Hancock Fabric, opened the store in mid-September. It offers quilting fabrics, notions and books.

Tuesday Morning has now opened its new location in the former Hancock Fabric space next to the Kroger on Oak Street. Although the store, which features discounted merchandise, is called Tuesday Morning, it is actually open seven days a week.

There have been numerous questions about that District on Oak sign in front of the bowling alley. Salter Properties is currently pre-leasing the 13,050 square-foot area next to the bowling alley for commercial space. For you long-timers, this is where the old skating rink used to be.

Conway Behavioral Health, Acadia Healthcare’s new 80-bed, $24 million inpatient facility that has been under construction on Sturgis Road for the past year, will be opening soon. Similar to The Bridgeway or Pinnacle Pointe in Little Rock, it will be an “acute mental-health facility.”

The Conway Area Chamber of Commerce is planning an “Off the Clock” event at Conway Behavioral Health for Tuesday, December 12 from 5-7 p.m. Attendees will be able to tour the building. Contact the Chamber for information and tickets.

Also mark your calendars for Illuminate, Conway’s newest family tradition, on Saturday, November 25, 2-7 p.m. The event features the lighting of the 54-foot-tall Christmas tree at Rogers Plaza, pictures with Santa Claus, horse and carriage rides, miniature train rides and a giant Ferris Wheel. Rogers Plaza is located on Oak Street by the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce.


Cindy Beckman writes about business rumors and happenings for the Log Cabin Democrat bi-monthly in “A Look Forward.” Send rumors and new business tips to cindy.beckman@thecabin.net.


 

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